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By Steve Virgen | April 9, 2010
Russell Turner, 39, a Golden State Warriors assistant for the past six seasons, has been named the new coach for the UC Irvine men's basketball team, the school announced today. He takes over for Pat Douglass, whose contract was not renewed at the end of the season. As expected Turner has ties to Stanford University, where UCI athletic director Mike Izzi worked before coming to the Anteaters. Prior to Golden State, Turner spent 11 seasons as a college assistant coach, working at three programs, including Stanford and Wake Forest.
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March 28, 2014
UC Irvine's Russell Turner has been named District 9 Coach of the Year by the National Assn. of Basketball Coaches. Turner, who just completed his fourth season at the Anteaters' helm, was one of 25 district honorees in Division I. The Big West Conference Coach of the Year guided UCI to its first regular-season conference title in 12 seasons with a 13-3 Big West record. The 'Eaters finished 23-13 after a first-round loss in the NIT. The 23 wins tied for second for the most in UCI single-season annals.
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November 7, 2013
UC Irvine men's basketball coach Russell Turner has signed a new contract through the 2017-18 season, a source confirmed on Thursday. The contract, originally reported by ESPN's Jeff Goodman, rewards Turner, who guided the program to a 21-16 season, the third-best win total in program history, last year, his third at the helm. Turner, who before coming to UCI was an assistant for six seasons with the Golden State Warriors, opens his fourth season with the Anteaters with a 46-55 record.
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March 12, 2014
UC Irvine Pregame Vs. UC Riverside Big West Conference Tournament quarterfinal Thursday, 6 p.m. at Honda Center UC Irvine, the Big West Conference regular-season men's basketball champion, begins its quest to win three games in three days and advance to its first NCAA Tournament. The Anteaters (22-10) enter as the No. 1 seed, having won the conference regular-season crown, the third in their history, with a 13-3 record in conference play. They face No. 8-seeded UC Riverside (10-20)
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March 26, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - The UC Irvine men's basketball team fell behind early and never recovered in falling to Oral Roberts, 76-62, in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Second Round Monday night at Tulsa, Okla. A layup by Damen Bell-Holter with 9:53 left in the first half gave the Golden Eagles an 18-7 lead and ORU maintained a double-digit lead the remainder of the game in improving to 20-14 on the season. UCI's season ends at 21-16 as the Anteaters tied for third-most wins in school single-season history and won nine of their last 12 games of the year.
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February 13, 2013
IRVINE - Senior Mike Wilder scored a game-high 17 points as the UC Irvine men's basketball team held off UC Riverside, 52-48, in a Big West Conference game at the Bren Events Center Wednesday night. Wilder scored 11 of his points in the second half as the Anteaters held off a late charge by the Highlanders. He hit four three-pointers in the game to give him 200 for his career, just one behind Jeff Herdman for the No. 3 spot in the UCI career record book. Freshman point guard Alex Young added 10 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals for UCI (13-13, 7-6 in conference)
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By Barry Faulkner | March 18, 2014
For the second straight game, the UC Irvine men's basketball team will attempt to pony up, when the Anteaters visit the SMU Mustangs in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday at 6 p.m. PT. UCI (23-11), the Big West Conference regular-season champion, is making its fifth appearance in the NIT after falling to the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Mustangs, 61-58, in the semifinals of the Big West tournament on Friday at Honda Center. UCI has won twice in the NIT, both first-round triumphs over UCLA in 1986 and San Diego State in 1982.
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By Barry Faulkner | December 18, 2012
IRVINE - With a team more identified for determined defense and rebounding than putting on a offensive show, UC Irvine men's basketball coach Russell Turner is plenty entertaining in and of himself. Stalking the sideline, removing his jacket, scratching his head over his team's miscues, and exhorting - always exhorting his Anteaters - Turner, at least a couple times each half, outdoes players 20 years his junior, when it comes to expending energy. It wasn't exactly energy the host Anteaters lacked in a 66-60 nonconference loss to LSU on Tuesday.
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March 28, 2014
UC Irvine's Russell Turner has been named District 9 Coach of the Year by the National Assn. of Basketball Coaches. Turner, who just completed his fourth season at the Anteaters' helm, was one of 25 district honorees in Division I. The Big West Conference Coach of the Year guided UCI to its first regular-season conference title in 12 seasons with a 13-3 Big West record. The 'Eaters finished 23-13 after a first-round loss in the NIT. The 23 wins tied for second for the most in UCI single-season annals.
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By Barry Faulkner | March 18, 2014
For the second straight game, the UC Irvine men's basketball team will attempt to pony up, when the Anteaters visit the SMU Mustangs in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday at 6 p.m. PT. UCI (23-11), the Big West Conference regular-season champion, is making its fifth appearance in the NIT after falling to the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Mustangs, 61-58, in the semifinals of the Big West tournament on Friday at Honda Center. UCI has won twice in the NIT, both first-round triumphs over UCLA in 1986 and San Diego State in 1982.
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March 12, 2014
UC Irvine Pregame Vs. UC Riverside Big West Conference Tournament quarterfinal Thursday, 6 p.m. at Honda Center UC Irvine, the Big West Conference regular-season men's basketball champion, begins its quest to win three games in three days and advance to its first NCAA Tournament. The Anteaters (22-10) enter as the No. 1 seed, having won the conference regular-season crown, the third in their history, with a 13-3 record in conference play. They face No. 8-seeded UC Riverside (10-20)
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By Barry Faulkner | January 11, 2014
RIVERSIDE - Just because UC Irvine men's basketball coach Russell Turner elected not to play starting big men Will Davis and Mamadou Ndiaye didn't mean the Anteaters gave anything less than their "Best" effort Saturday night. Mike Best, a 6-foot- 10 sophomore who along with 6-10 junior John Ryan replaced the aforementioned standouts in the starting lineup for the first time all season, had nine points, nine rebounds and five blocks to help the visiting Anteaters handle UC Riverside, 72-52, in a Big West Conference clash at the Student Recreation Center.
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November 7, 2013
UC Irvine men's basketball coach Russell Turner has signed a new contract through the 2017-18 season, a source confirmed on Thursday. The contract, originally reported by ESPN's Jeff Goodman, rewards Turner, who guided the program to a 21-16 season, the third-best win total in program history, last year, his third at the helm. Turner, who before coming to UCI was an assistant for six seasons with the Golden State Warriors, opens his fourth season with the Anteaters with a 46-55 record.
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September 28, 2013
Fourth-year head coach Russell Turner's UC Irvine men's basketball team has been chosen to win the Big West Conference in preseason polls by at least three publications. The 'Eaters are picked first by Athlon Sports, Lindy's Sports and USA Today Sports. UCI finished 21-16 overall last season, tying the program's third-most victories for a season in the school's 48-year history. The 'Eaters were 11-7 in the Big West in 2012-13 for the program's most conference victories in 10 years.
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March 26, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - The UC Irvine men's basketball team fell behind early and never recovered in falling to Oral Roberts, 76-62, in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Second Round Monday night at Tulsa, Okla. A layup by Damen Bell-Holter with 9:53 left in the first half gave the Golden Eagles an 18-7 lead and ORU maintained a double-digit lead the remainder of the game in improving to 20-14 on the season. UCI's season ends at 21-16 as the Anteaters tied for third-most wins in school single-season history and won nine of their last 12 games of the year.
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March 7, 2013
STOCKTON - The UC Irvine men's basketball team cut a 20-point halftime deficit to just one point late in the game, but Pacific held on for a 70-62, Big West Conference win Thursday night. Sophomore Travis Souza's three-pointer with 2:45 remaining pulled the Anteaters (17-14, 10-7 in conference) within 59-58, but the Tigers' Tony Gill scored back-to-back baskets underneath to extend Pacific's lead to 63-58 with 1:52 left. Freshman Alex Young scored on a driving layup to cut the margin to 63-60 with 1:42 remaining before Travis Fulton hit a pair of free throws with 1:25 left for a 65-60 Pacific lead.
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